By Jim Ryerson
(jim [at] travelingman [dot] net)
Oct. 31, 2008
When I started traveling to Cuba ten years ago to make documentary films about the country’s music and culture, I was fairly certain that the embargo and travel ban could not possibly continue. Seeing Europeans and Asians, and our fellow North Americans from Canada and Mexico traveling around the country, enjoying the beaches, and most importantly interacting with the fantastic Cuban people, I felt that surely the time was ripe for change in this most futile of foreign policies. But when the Bush administration came in, with their ties to the most reactionary of the Miami Cubans, the stranglehold on Cuba only got tighter. Now there is potential for realistic change in this failed half century of aggression which only hurts the average Cubans who, remarkably, still think of Americans as their friends. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to be able to experience that friendship can only hope that other Americans who choose to do so, will also be able to feel the embrace of this remarkable culture. It’s been way too long.
Jim Ryerson is a documentary film producer specializing on Cuba, which he’s visited more than 30 times. He formerly worked as a television news reporter in Los Angeles, and has won numerous national and international awards for his work. His documentary on the U.S. embargo, Looking for Cuba is currently on the film festival circuit, and he has 3 other documentary projects regarding Cuban music, art and culture, currently in editing. You can see clips from our films at http://www.youtube.com/user/tmanjdrjr.
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The useless Cuba embargo
America’s economic sanctions on Cuba, now 50 years old, are a failure.
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2008
Among New York’s rites of autumn — the marathon, the rainbow of leaves in Central Park, the sudden profusion of wool overcoats — a new one has emerged at the United Nations. In each of the last 16 years, the General Assembly has voted to condemn the United States for its embargo of Cuba. This year’s ceremonial vote takes place today, and if it’s anything like last year’s, it will be overwhelming. Only Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau stood with the U.S. in the 184-4 tally last October.
Washington doesn’t and shouldn’t design its laws around U.N. opinion, but it’s instructive to learnwhat even this country’s closest allies think of the Cuban embargo. Colombia, one of only a handful of Latin American countries whose government remains firmly pro-U.S., stated in a U.N. report on the issue that it “thinks this kind of action should stop and that member states should move ahead with building relations of friendship.” In the same report, the European Union said that it and its member nations “have been clearly expressing their opposition to the extraterritorial extension of the United States embargo.”
via The useless Cuba embargo – Los Angeles Times
Sexto Sentido – Musica Femenina de Cuba.
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